Spots in Nakatsu / Yabakei / Kunisaki Area

  • African Safari
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    4.5
    290 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Pref. Usashi Ajimumachiminamihata 2-1755-1
    This is Kyushu’s only safari park and one of Japan’s largest, where 1,300 animals of 70 varieties are raised in conditions close to natural. There is an “animal zone” where visitors can observe lions and tigers from a jungle bus or their own car, and a “petting zone” where one can do horse riding or pet small animals, allowing one to enjoy the various aspects and charms of the animals.

    It was a great half day experience there. We were given a tray of animals food to feed them including for kind ones like reindeers and fierce ones like bears and lions. Other than the safari tour...

  • Nakatsu Castle (Okudaira Clan Historical Museum)
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    4.0
    173 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ninjitsu City, Oita Pref.
    Nakatsu Castle formed with fortification of the mouth of the Yamakunigawa River (currently the Takasegawa River) by Kuroda Kanbei. Since the fortress takes the shape of a folding fan, it also takes the name “Ogi Castle,” “ogi” meaning folding fan in Japanese. Following this, it was occupied by the Hosokawa, Ogasawara, and Okudaira clans. The castle tower was rebuilt in 1964 and now houses exhibits of swords, clothing and historical documents related to the Okudaira clan.

    Visited Nakatsu Castle on a free day from our Business stay in Nakatsu City. Interesting history and low cost entrance fee. Nice to sample some true Japanese culture during our busy schedule.

  • Ao-no-domon
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    4.0
    130 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Nakatsushi Honyabakeimachisogi
    In the Edo period a Zenkai high priest who was grieved at men and horses losing their lives on the perilous road, spent 30 years carving out a tunnel with just chisel and hammer together with his masons. It is said that this tale was the basis of Kan Kikuchi’s novel “Beyond Love and Hate.” Even today, in one part of the tunnel the remaining marks of the chisel work can be seen.

    Enjoy nature and some histrical things around here and feed the carps for relax. Now, July 10th, it might too hot to walk aroud. In Autumn is the best season to visit.

  • Kumano Magaibutsu
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    4.0
    111 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Bungotakadashi Tashibuhirano
    A group of stone carvings made into bare rock in the late Heian period (794–1185) which are believed to be the oldest Buddhist imagery in the nation. There are two carvings—an eight meter tall image of Fudo Myoo (Acala, the God of Fire) and a 7.7 meter tall image of Dainichi-nyorai (Vairocana); both are among the largest such Magaibutsu (Buddhist imagery carved into bare stone) in the country and are nationally designated Important Cultural Properties and as well as a Historic Site. In order to view the statues, it is necessary to climb a steep set of stone steps; accordingly, visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable footwear. Walking stick rentals are also available. The figures may be viewed until evening.

    Following Fukiji-oodou we visited Kumano-magaibutsu (stone Buddhist statues carved on rock) not far away. These statues date back to the late Heian period, probably 11th to 12th century, and is the...

  • Fuki-ji Temple
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    4.5
    106 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Bungotakadashi Tashibufuki 2395
    A Tendai Buddhist temple standing silently along Prefectural Route 655 in Bungotakada City. Erected in the Heian period (794–1185) as a shrine in the Usa Jingu Shrine complex, the temple’s principle object of worship, a seated wooden figure of Amitabha Tathagatta, is designated an Important Cultural Property. Together with the Phoenix Hall at the Byodoin and the Golden Hall at the Chuson-ji Temple, the temple’s Great Hall is counted one of the three most outstanding halls devoted to an image of Amitabha in Japan. Designated a National Treasure, the Great Hall is also the oldest wooden structure in Kyushu. The Fukinotou inn adjoining the Great Hall for those looking to have a quiet and relaxing stay.

    Beautiful amazingly preserved temple, well not entirely - there are spots on the walls with graffiti made by local kids who used it as their playground in the 1950s but it makes it all the more...

  • Former Residence of Fukuzawa Yukichi / Fukuzawa Memorial Museum
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    4.0
    72 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nakatsu City, Oita Prefecture, 586
    A historic building and museum located in Rusui-machi, Nakatsu City. Famed intellectual and historic figure Fukuzawa Yukichi was born as the second son of a low-ranking samurai in Nakatsu Domain, and the remain of residence where he spent his early childhood and the former residence where he spent his later life are preserved here. The on-site museum contains exhibits on Fukuzawa’s life and looks at the man from a variety of angles.

    The museum was 15 minutes of walk away from the Nakatsu Station. And the entrance fee was 400 yen per adult. The museum consisted of two parts:a museum and Fukuzawa Sans old house. The both...

  • Ajimu Budoushu Koubou
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    4.0
    40 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Usashi Ajimumachishimoge 798
    A winery located in Shimoge, Ajimu-machi, Usa City. The winery takes advantage of the extreme differences between day and night time temperatures (a feature of the Ajimu’s climate) to cultivate grapes and produce wines. Visitors can view the winery’s vineyard and wine production area and also taste and purchase the company’s wines. The winery also holds events such as a new wine festival in fall and a barrel opening event in spring.

    The blush of autumn has at last fallen over northern Kyushu, and its denizens are freeing themselves from the yoke of the air conditioner to put on their best outdoor clothing and take to the...

  • Shinyabakei Hitome Hakkei (eight different views at a glance)
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    4.0
    41 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Nakatsushi Yabakeimachishinyaba
    This is a ravine of broad leaf forest and open rugged rock tuff. Its name derives from the fact one can see eight stone peaks including Tobisuyama, Meotoiwa, and Oshikanagaonomine. One can enjoy seasonal scenery from the fresh green of early summer to the reds of autumn, but it is the autumn which is most beautiful. A stream of visitors come to see the beautiful natural shapes formed by the contrast of red, gold and remaining green leaves against the black of stone. A public parking facility lies just a five-minute walk away.

    I have visited this place only for once, but it was ver good to vie it in the early morning. As I was a environment freak, I have enjoyed the nature present here.

  • Yamaga Onsen Kaze no Sato
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    4.0
    39 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Kitsukishi Yamagamachikuranari 3003
    A hot spring inn located in Kuranari, Yamaga-machi, Kitsuki City. The inn’s bathhouse is open to non-guests, as well; facilities include an open and airy large outdoor bath, two indoor bath areas (The men and women’s bath alternate daily) and barrel bath constantly replenished “kakenagashi” style. The inn’s restaurant, dedicated to using ingredients from Oita, is also open to non-guests and during lunchtime the establishment serves Japanese set meals and noodles.

    Relaxing ryokan located in rural surroundings in Kitsuki Peninsula. Close to many shrines, as this place was one of the places where Buddhism was imported into Japan. Comfortable rooms with aircon...

  • Goganji Temple (Red Wall Temple)
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    3.5
    38 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Nakatsu-shi Teramachi 973
    This Seizan Pure Land Buddhist temple, a six-minute walk from Nakatsu Station and a 60-minute drive from the Hita Interchange, is situated in between the Shoganji Temple and Hondenji Temple a little south of the center of the Tera-machi district. Records state the temple was established by the daimyo Kuroda Yoshitaka and founded by the priest Kuyo. The temple's nickname of the Red Wall Temple is derived from the red wall on the border of the temple's grounds, helping the temple stand out even among the many temples in the area. According to legend, during the Warring States period, local influential lord Kii Shigefusa and his retainers died in battle, and the walls of the temple, which were covered in their blood, will turn red even if painted a different color.

    This is one of many temples in the socalled temple quarter (Tera-machi) of Nakatsu. They say the red color was used to cover spilled blood.

  • Higashi Shiiya Falls
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Usashi Ajimumachihigashishiya
    "A waterfall located in Higashishiiya, Ajimu-machi, Usa City. Dropping straight down 85 meters, the waterfall resembles Kegon Falls in Nikko and is thus also known as the ""Kyushu Kegon."" The falls contrast beautifully with the surrounding spring verdure and autumn foliage of the vally and has even been chosen as the 100 elections of the waterfall in Japan."

    We cycled here from Beppu having brought our tandem with us to Japan. It’s a slow uphill climb but the incline never becomes very steep it’s just constant. 2 km from the main road at a well signed...

  • Oita Prefectural Museum of History
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    4.5
    24 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Pref. Usashi Takamori Kyotozuka
    Located inside the Usa Fudoki no Oka history park, the museum preserves and exhibits materials with a focus on Cultural Properties connected to Oita. Visitors can view full sized models of the Fuki-ji Temple and Usuki Stone Buddhas, designated National Treasures, as well as artefacts excavated from Mengahira Tomb. The nearest bus stops are Oitakenritsu-rekishihakubutsukan-mae and Fudoki-no-oka-iriguchi.

    We visited Ooita Prefectural Museum of History opened in 1998 to get some background knowledge of the places we intended to visit. It certainly was worth the three hundred ten yen admission fee. In...

  • Wakaeya
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Pref. Kitsukishi Kitsuki 665-429
    A long-standing restaurant established in the early Edo period and located in Kitsuki, Kitsuki City. The restaurant is famous for its “Ureshino” sea bream chazuke (sea bream on rice covered in tea) made with Kitsuki tea and sea bream marinated in a sesame sauce crafted according to a secret family recipe. The dish derived its name from a phrase from a former lord of Kitsuki. It is said that he murmured “ureshii noo” (“I am happy”) upon eating sea bream chazuke. The flavor of this tasty dish has been passed down unchanged for generations.

    こちらのお店は、天皇陛下もお越しになって、お食事された有名店。 鯛茶漬けが有名だそうですが、一緒に頂いた日本酒「智恵美人」も美味しかったです。 鯛茶漬けは、あまりにも美味しかったので、『おかわり』したいくらいでした。

  • Dagashiya no Yume Museum
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Bungotakada-shi Shinmachi 1007-5 Showa Roman Kura
    "This museum operates out of an old storehouse redolent with the atmosphere of Japan's bygone Showa period. A ""dagashiya"" is a type of small, cheap candy/toy shop found all over Japan, and this museum's standing exhibition of some 50 thousand items primarily consists of toys sold at dagashiya in the late 1950s and early 60s. For those who lived it, the museum will bring waves of nostalgia, while for those who didn't, the items on display will seem novel and unique. Both types of people will find time going by in an instant as they view the various retro exhibits. In addition, the museum offers a free, multilingual audio guide you can access from your smartphone. At this rare facility, you can feel like you've gone back in time to Showa Japan."

    This is a museum, which displays mainly toys of the years 60’s and 70’s. For many Japanese it is the great time of economical development. So, these displays recall them a past glory. For young...

  • Showa no Yumemachi 3 Chome-kan
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    3.5
    19 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Bungotakada-shi Shinmachi 989-1
    A theme park located in Shin-machi, Bungotakada City. Centering on the Showa Roman-gura, a remodeled kura storehouse which once belonged to the wealthy Nomura merchant family, facilities include a recreation of a Showa 30s (1955-1965) period Japanese town; a museum dedicated to Showa period toys; and teamLab Gallery Showa-no-Machi, an art installation created by the teamLab digital art collective. There's also a restaurant housed inside of a repurposed early Showa period rice granary.

    In this museum, the life of Japanese people in the 60’s and maybe early 70’s is reconstructed. There is also a reconstruction of a classroom. It was actually not a long time ago, but changing the...

  • Gintachi no Sato
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Kunisaki-shi Kunisakimachi Owara 2662-1
    "This restaurant, operated by a fishery cooperative, is located in Roadside Station Kunisaki on National Route 213 a 10-minute drive from the Oita Airport. The establishment serves meals made using fresh caught local seafood, including an abundant variety of dishes made with the Kunisaki's ""Kunisaki Gintachi"" brand largehead hairtail, such as largehead hairtail sushi and largehead hairtail curry. The largehead hairtail oju rice box, consisting of largehead hairtail grilled with a special sauce created with local soy sauce and served over rice, is particularly popular. The largehead hairtail set meal, which comes with numerous largehead hairtail dishes, is also recommended."

    両親から、ここのたち重は絶品だとよく聞かされていました。イギリス人の旦那は最初、太刀魚を見て、えーって感じでしたが、食べて、こんなに美味しい魚があるのーって驚いていました。私も初めて食べたのですが、鰻重よりも美味しい〰️って感動しました。今はイギリスに住んでいるのでこの味が懐かしい!

  • Usa-jingu Shrine
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Usashi Minamiusa 2859
    This Shinto shrine is famous for being the head shrine of all 40 thousand Hachiman shrines in Japan dedicated to Emperor Ojin as the god Hachiman in a syncretic belief system which combines elements of Buddhism. Enshrining Hachiman as well as Hime and Empress Jingu, the shrine was founded in 725. The grounds are spacious, and the main shrine building, a National Treasure, is divided between an upper building located on a hill and a lower building located at the base. The first hall of the upper building is believed to provide luck with money and business; the second and third are believed to provide luck with love and easy childbirth.

    八幡神社の総本社、宇佐神宮の鳥居、さすがに総本社に相応しい立派な鳥居です。参道もきれいに整えられていて、心もひきしまります。

  • Showa no Machi Museum
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Bungotakadashi Chuoudori 691
    A museum located in Chuodori, Bungotakada City. Operating out of a former Oita Union Bank building built in 1933, the museum contains exhibits such as chronologies and everyday items used during Japan’s bygone Showa period (1926–1989). Entry is free and visitors can learn about Japanese lifestyles and history during the Showa period. The museum also rents retro Showa period Western-style clothing and visitors can walk the streets of Bungotakada, which still retain strong traces of the Showa period, dressed in “period-appropriate” fashion.

    Nice place to see how Japan has changed during the modern period. Dont really understand the things, but interesting to see how japanese lived in the past.

  • Kappo Marukiyo
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Nakatsu-shi Higashi-honmachi 2-12
    This Japanese restaurant is a three-minute walk from Nakatsu Station and can be reached by taking a left outside the south exit of the station; the restaurant will be immediately visible on the right-hand side. The restaurant primarily serves cuisine made with Nakatsu's famous daggertooth pike conger, and brand name Bungo beef which has even won the Prime Minister's Award. Menu selections include course meals which come with a variety of delightful and original daggertooth pike conger dishes, as well as a full array of a la carte daggertooth pike conger dishes like sashimi, teriyaki, and parboiled daggertooth pike conger which comes with three sauces. The restaurant's handmade daggertooth pike conger kamaboko steamed fish paste and daggertooth pike conger shumai steamed dumplings, available for takeout, make great souvenirs.

    鱧しゃぶなどのコース料理の他にも、お安く楽しめる日替わりランチなどもあり、種類は豊富です。 ◎◎定食をオーダー 食前酒、からあげ、ハモの湯引き、味噌汁、茶碗蒸しなどのセットでした からあげはサクッとして美味しかったです 湯引き、さすが本場です ごちそうさまでした。

  • Kitsuki Furusato Sangyo-kan
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    3.5
    13 Reviews
    Shopping
    Oita Kitsuki-shi Kitsuki 665-172
    A local specialty products shop located in Kitahama, Kitsuki City. The shop sells famous green and black teas; chirimen dried whitebait, large-tooth flounder, and other seafood products; agricultural products; local liquors; crafts; and more. There's an adjoining restaurant and cafe corner where you can enjoy local dishes made with local cuisine and Kitsuki black tea.

    お土産物屋さんと観光案内所が併設されています。杵築観光のお得なクーポン「杵築まち歩きプラン」が買えるし、駐車場が無料でここに車を置いて武家屋敷観光に行けるので、観光のスタートに最適です。

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A trip to Oita is tantamount to a long soak in the Beppu baths. The mountainous, coastal prefecture of Oita is renowned for having more onsen than any other prefecture in Japan, most of which lie in the city of Beppu on the west coast of Kyushu, recognizable by its pungent sulphuric aroma and the clouds of steam that puff up across the hillside. Away from the Beppu hot springs await mountains, waterfalls, and temples, so don't hesitate to explore Oita a little further.

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